It was our own way of celebrating the Singapore Food Festival which is an annual event that takes place every July in, where else, but SG! I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a trip to SG sometime next year perhaps since my HS bestie Maan (now based in SG) promised she'll be our personal tour guide. We'll see.
I've been reading about this relatively new resto where you could find some SG hawker center faves in cheapo prices - Orchard Road. We all know that Orchard Road is a famous retail and entertainment hub in the Merlion City. So curiosity kicked in when we chanced upon this resto in SM Megamall at the eve of Typhoon Basyang's landfall in the metro.
The famous Hainanese Chicken rice with dark soy sauce and pounded ginger dip
Popiah, a fresh spring roll which is similar to our lumpiang sariwa except that the popiah wrapper is way too dry
Research tells me that the popiah's filling is mainly finely grated and steamed or stir-fried turnip, jicama (known locally as singkamas) which has been cooked with a combination of other ingredients such as bean sprouts, French beans, and lettuce leaves, along with grated carrots, slices of Chinese sausage, thinly sliced fried tofu, chopped peanuts or peanut powder, fried shallots, and shredded omelette.
Worthy to mention is the drink called bandung. It consists of milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup, giving a pink colour. The drink originated during the British colonial days of Singapore. The pink color got me!
We also tried kaya toast. This is a popular snack amongst Singaporeans where kaya is a local favourite spread eaten on toast, fresh bread or cream crackers. Kaya is made of eggs, sugar and coconut milk and flavored with pandan. We'll try this with coffee tarik next time.
Bring on the cheesy shots!